Established in 2008, Warrior Care Month was created in an effort to increase awareness around programs and resources available to wounded, ill, and injured service members as well as their families and those who care for them. Each year, thousands of service members sustain injuries on and off the battlefield. Having programs and facilities in place to treat their injuries is critical in their respective paths to recovery.
The work that the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) does plays a critical role in caring for our wounded heroes. The facilities IFHF has constructed: the Center for the Intrepid (CFI), National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), and our current project, Intrepid Spirit Centers are all specially constructed to support the treatment of our wounded service members.
CFI was the first facility constructed by IFHF, and was completed in January of 2007. Located at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, CFI is a state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation center, built to serve wounded heroes suffering severe physical injuries such as amputations, limb trauma, and severe burns. Since opening its doors in 2007, CFI has not only provided high-quality, compassionate care for thousands of service members, it has also helped foster the development of revolutionary therapies.
In 2010, IFHF completed and opened NICoE. Located in Bethesda, Maryland at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, NICoE represented a change in the need for care for wounded service members. As the methods of warfare came into the twenty-first century, so did the nature of injuries. The invisible wounds of war became known as the signature wounds of the current military conflicts as their prominence in military service members rose. NICoE unites the physical and cognitive treatments under one roof to collaborate in the diagnosis and care for our military service members.
As NICoE continues to treat service members, while also researching and testing the latest in treatments and protocols, IFHF continues to address the need for additional facilities to treat the invisible wounds of war. In 2012, ground was broken on the first of ten planned Intrepid Spirit Centers; satellite centers to NICoE located at military bases around the country. Each center applies the interdisciplinary model of care developed at NICoE, and stays connected to the network of centers in an effort to collaborate on the latest in treatment advances. Eight of ten Intrepid Spirit Centers are completed and operational, with the eighth center currently under construction. Please consider supporting the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and our continuing mission to care for our warriors with a donation.
Posted on November 4 2019 in Blog